This mango kiwi smoothie is the ultimate refreshing drink with the perfect flavor and creamy texture. It will become your new favorite warm weather smoothie!
Although mango season starts in the summer months, you can make this smoothie all year round with frozen mango and kiwi fruit. This combination of sweet mango is highlighted by the tart nature of the kiwi and the end result is a refreshing smoothie with tropical flavors.
The second I tasted this mango kiwi smoothie it reminded me of one of the perfect poolside drinks you get on a trip to Hawaii...but without the cost of airfare!
Make this into a thick, creamy smoothie by adding coconut milk, or an electrolyte-packed smoothie with coconut water. And for more refreshing smoothies you'll love this anti-inflammatory smoothie, mango lassi, or mixed berry protein smoothie.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This tropical smoothie will become a new favorite because:
- Ready in 5 minutes
- Only 5 main ingredients
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Migraine Friendly
- Vegan and Vegetarian
- Added Sugar Free
Because this mango kiwi smoothie tastes like something you'd order on vacation, you could even add a little bit of rum to it....I mean, if you want. But that may offset the "healthy" perk!
- Mangoes: I highly recommend using frozen mango cubes for this, whether you buy it frozen, or buying fresh and freezing them yourself. It will give you a thicker texture when blended.
- Kiwi - This is difficult to find frozen, so buy them fresh, then peel and freeze before using.
- Chia seeds - A great boost of omega-3's for brain health.
- Water - You can use regular water or coconut water for added electrolytes.
- Coconut Milk - Or any type of milk you like, but I love the tropical flavor of coconut here.
- Protein Powder - This is optional depending on how filling you'd like this to be, but I have used my favorite pumpkin seed protein in this smoothie before.
Should You Use Fresh or Frozen Mango and Kiwi?
For best results with texture, make sure both the mango and kiwi are frozen. This will prevent you adding ice to thicken, which would water down the smoothie.
However, it can be tough to find frozen kiwi, and freezing your own fruit allows you to taste it ahead of time so you can know how sweet it is.
I recommend buying kiwi in bulk somewhere like Costco, then peeling and freezing the kiwi whole. Then buy pre-frozen cubed mango or freeze your own along with the kiwi.
How to Make a Mango Kiwi Smoothie
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend till fully combined. If you're using all frozen mango and kiwi, you may need to use a tamper to help push down the fruit so there are no chunks leftover.
Pour the mango kiwi smoothie into a cup, add a straw, and you're ready for your refreshing tropical drink!
A quality blender will help you make the best smoothie possible! I recommend Ninja, Vitamix, Nutribullet.
Also I highly recommend a tamper (your blender should come with one) for easier blending!
Add Ons and Variations
- Milk - I love to use coconut milk here for the tropical flavor, but you could easily use regular dairy milk, oat milk, hemp seed milk, or rice milk.
- Protein - Add a little extra protein with a scoop of cottage cheese or protein powder.
- Toppings - Add granola, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or flaxseed.
- Fruit - Top with peaches or freshly sliced mango and kiwi if serving in a bowl.
Smoothie Meal Prep
A blended smoothie doesn't always keep well in the fridge, especially with additions like chia. This can be made ahead about 10-20 minutes, but I wouldn't go much earlier than that to keep the best texture.
However, you can make these mango kiwi smoothies ahead by pre-packaging the ingredients. Add the mango, kiwi, and chia seeds to individual bags. When ready to make, throw them in the blender and top with milk and water.
Yes, you can use fresh fruit in smoothies but the texture will not be the same. It would be more like a refreshing drink than a thick smoothie. But that sounds delicious too!
Because this recipe already calls for water to help you blend the frozen fruit, you don't want to add more ice as this would really start to water down the flavors. To thicken, I would add more frozen fruit or even frozen cauliflower rice.
If you can't locate frozen mango or don't have access to fresh kiwi, try substituting the mango with frozen peaches. Kiwi can be substituted with strawberries.
Mango Kiwi Smoothie
- 1 High speed blender
- 2 cups frozen mango
- 2 whole frozen kiwi
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- ½ cup coconut milk*
- ¾ cup water or coconut water
- Optional: protein powder
- Optional: small handful of fresh spinach
- Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend, starting on low and then increasing the speed. Use a blender tamper as needed to push down the fruit till evenly blended and smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy cold!
- Depending on the sweetness of the mango, the smoothie shouldn't need any added sweetener. Honey or lucuma powder can be used, to taste.
- Coconut milk can be replaced with any type of milk, it just won't taste as tropical.
- It is difficult to find frozen kiwi. For this recipe I bought kiwi in bulk at Costco and peeled it, then placed whole kiwi in a freezer bag to freeze.
- Add protein powder (I used pumpkin seed protein here) or cottage cheese to boost the protein content.
- Use frozen fruit for a thick smoothie with lots of flavor. For a blended drink, use fresh fruit.